This month students will be studying the virtue of LOYALTY which is "standing by someone or something you care about." This virtue is the state of being faithful to commitments, obligations, causes, and people with an unswerving allegiance in both mind and heart. Loyalty is seen as a cornerstone virtue of any important relationship.
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam emphasize that the spirit of loyalty originates from being faithful and loyal to the one true God—as God commanded Moses as part of their covenant, "You shall have no other gods before me." The Bible does not stop its study of loyalty there, and students will examine other aspects of loyalty that will include Jesus's challenge to his disciples: "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:12-13). God is loyal to us, and we can always count on God.
Continue the conversation at home by asking your child one or more of these questions:
• Who or what are you loyal to?
• Can you have loyalty without trust?
• Is loyalty love or a duty?
• Should loyalty be blind?
• In what way is loyalty key to the "good" life?
• Would you be more loyal to a friend or to justice (last month's virtue)?